Laura and her family took the old kids to see the new Muppets movie. While they were gone I decided to take Berkley to the soccer store and then to Freebirds (Texas version of Chipotle). I took Laura’s brohter’s car. Being the great father I am I didn’t bother to put shoes on her or change her diaper. We had a great time while out, but while driving home Berkley and I have this conversation. She’s behind me so I can only kinda see her when I turn around.

Berkley: I have a wipee?
Me: Wipee?
Berkley: I have wipee.
Me: I don’t have one, what do you need a wipee for?
Berkley: Poop.
Me: What? Where is there poop?
Berkley: On my leg, on my hands.
Me: Where did you get poop?
Berkley: In my diaper.
Me: Ok, don’t touch anything, I’ll clean you up when we get home.

I look in the mirror about a minute later and she is sucking on her thumb going to sleep.
Me: No! Don’t put your fingers in your mouth!

I spent the rest of the time going home figuring out how I will be able to keep loving my unclean poop eating child.

When we do get home I wipe her hands which weren’t that bad anymore. They also didn’t smell like poop. So I go to change her diaper and there is no poop. Turns out she had stepped in refried beans at Freebirds and she just thought it was poop. She was answering my questions unconnected to the events. Where is poop? Well, I poop in my diaper.

Donut shop hopping

For my birthday week, I really wanted donuts! So we took a few mornings and checked out a few of the fun donut shops!

We were under-whelmed with Dunkin Donuts. We just didn’t get the hype. The donuts weren’t that great. It was a fun trip though!




Later in the week we went to Krispy Kreme. Now this was worth it!!




This was both Beckham and my favorite donut…cream filled and chocolate iced!!! Bring on the sugar!!DSCN1088



And any place that gives you hats is cool!DSCN1094

Berkley’s laugh that makes us laugh too!

This is Berkley’s laugh. Her real laugh. But she also can do it on cue, which is good for getting it on video to document.
And she also plays with her dinosaur nuggets and makes them roar. We didn’t even know she knew they were dinosaurs. We didn’t even know she knew what a dinosaur was. Nor did we know she knew they roar-ed. Go figure. Anyways, we looooove this laugh!

Funny Book

Backstory: instead of telling the kids they have a babysitter, we tell them they have a “date” with their sitter.

Andria came over one day, Becks ran up to her car and asked her, “Are we dating?” She said, “No, we are all hanging out tonight.” Becks was bummed and she asked him why he wanted his mom to leave. He said, “Cause I haven’t dated in a really long time!”

Playing “family.” Becks was the dog and sat on SP’s lap


What a sweet doggie


Here’s the dog house! ūüôā


When I was tucking Beckham in he told me, “Mom, you’re the best Mom!.” He paused and continued with, “That I know so far.”

Berkley came in from playing in the backyard and was busted for eating the dirt.


I can’t remember what made her so sad, but it was so funny! Here is her progression of getting her panties in a wad:




SP fell asleep in the car!! This just had to be documented cause she never does that! And cause I thought she looks just like teenagers do when they sleep in cars! IMAG0646

When we went to see the High School play last week, Berkley started talking. Beckham leaned over to me and said, “If she talks again, cover her mouth. Like you are kidnapping her.”

Berkley is in bed talking to herself.
Brian goes in: “Berkley you have got to go to bed”
Berkley: “I did” (as in, duh dad, I’m IN my bed…)

The kids were talking about my birthday and SP chimes in “Andria, will you take me to the grocery store so I can get mom makeup?”



PB, pretzels and chocolate things…


Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Balls (I doubled it)


1 1/2 C pretzels


1/2 C creamy peanut butter


1 Tbsp butter, softened


2 Tbsp brown sugar


1/8 tsp salt


3 Tbsp powdered sugar


1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips or almond bark (I used almond bark. I like dipping in it better)


  • Crush pretzels into small bits using a food processor or in a ziploc bag
  • In a small bowl, combine peanut butter, butter, brown sugar and salt. Stir until all ingredients are completely blended and smooth.
  • Add pretzel bits to peanut butter mixture and mix thoroughly.
  • Add powdered sugar and, again, mix thoroughly.
  • Prepare a chilling tray–a dinner plate covered with waxed paper works well.
  • Take about a teaspoon of the peanut butter pretzel mixture into your fingers and gently pat it into a ball with your fingertips. (The powdered sugar will make the peanut butter less sticky, but it’s still too sticky to roll well, hence the patting.)
  • If the peanut butter starts sticking to your fingers, your fingers are too warm. Run your fingers under cold water for a minute to chill them, and begin rolling again.
  • Place the peanut butter balls onto the plate. When you have rolled all the balls, place the entire plate into the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • After the peanut butter balls have chilled, prepare your chocolate. Pour the chocolate chips into a small microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. If needed, microwave for another 10 seconds and stir again. Continue until the chips are completely melted, which means they stir easily into smooth, fluid chocolate with no lumps.
  • Place one peanut butter ball into the melted chocolate and gently roll it around with a fork until completely coated. Remove from the bowl with the fork and place back on the waxed paper plate. Repeat for all other balls.
  • Once all the peanut butter balls are coated in chocolate, return the plate to the refrigerator and chill another 30 minutes.






The rest of our Halloween Festivities!

We made Mummy dogs! I’m realizing more and more that as often as I cook, I seldom let the kids help. So I’m letting them help more, even if it means it’s not as great as I would like. I’m learning to let go…It’s not about perfection, it’s about relationships and teaching.

Brian’s mummies had jalapenos in them, we will make these again!


SP’s is on the right! She worked hard!¬†IMG_0972


SP was Angelina Ballerina for her school party


Family Worship: Hough style

What is Family Worship?

Family worship is time set aside to love, adore, and enjoy our Heavenly Father in our homes and with our families.

Who is Family Worship for?

Everyone! If you belong to Christ, He desires us to know the joy of spending time with Him daily. While it will look different based on the ages and make up of your family it is for everyone. For children, parents, couples, singles, grandparents, empty-nesters, anyone who is a child of the King!

When and where should we have Family worship?

Do your best to schedule a regular time. Make it part of your routine. That way, everyone who participates will know when it is supposed to happen. Do it as many days as possible without making it legalistic.

Some good times are: First thing in the morning, immediately after Dinner or before bedtime.

How do we do Family Worship?

1. How do I know what to do? Use your experience on Sunday mornings to guide you in worshipping at home. The elements of worship taken from Sunday mornings into our home are call to worship, praise, prayer, and reading and learning the scriptures. Be flexible in adapting the provided guide to suit the needs of your family. Family Worship also offers the opportunity to ask questions, give prayer requests, and have discussion in ways which do not happen in corporate worship. So while Sunday morning worship will be a guide, in your home, with children worship is a bit crazier.

2. How long should it take? As short as 5 minutes or as long as 15. However, if your family loves to go longer, then go longer!

3. How do I deal with wiggly children?¬†Make parts of Family Worship wiggly! Move while you are singing, act out the scripture reading (our children love this!). Be creative and your children will love it, ask other families for good ideas. Be sure to teach the discipline of listening, ‚ÄúHear, O sons, a father‚Äôs instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight,‚ÄĚ Proverbs 4:1. Do be patient, they will wiggle, but make this a time they will enjoy.

It has really been such a sweet time for our family. Here’s a post Brian put on the Graze (RPC’s youth blog) about Family Worship.

Family Worship Binder: We made a Green Binder that contains this document (PDF) in it as a guide. It also has pictures of our extended family and other people we pray for on a weekly basis. That way the children can point to pick who they are praying for and have a visual reminder of it.

We think family worship can be¬†intimidating, really mostly because we didn’t know where to even start. Neither of us grew up doing this with our families, so it’s all new to us. We are learning as we go, but hope some of this will help others in their desire to worship daily as a family.

Every evening looks different!

We have the “Catechism Seat” – just someplace fun to sit while you get quizzed!


Here’s SP at two doing her’s with Momo one night and getting stuck at “doing what He commands.” Oh the irony of a 2 year old being hung up on that!

We also review their Sunday School lessons from the last week, but then we spend the majority of the week learning what they are going to be taught this Sunday. We kept all of the sheets that they get sent home from Sunday School with, so now we have a complete set and know what next week’s lesson is. Beckham has moved up now, but his teachers are always more than willing to give us the quarter’s lessons up front to help us.

We’ve found that acting the story out is the best way to get young kids to understand…and pay attention. One of us gathers “supplies” at the beginning of the week. We have a stick horse that is sometimes a horse, sometimes a donkey, swords and shields, helmets, blankets, baskets, play food, band-aids, Cheerios (when you need manna). Anything that aids in getting the point across.

This is SP as Goliath.


And Becks as David! (aww, this is an old pic, look how little Berks is!)


Becks after cutting off Goliath’s head.


SP as the angel at Jesus’ tomb (the closet). Berks was just in “the tomb”


Sometimes we recruit helpers (aka Hat has Goliath):

Before Christmas we did the Advent Tree for Family Worship


We needed a way to distinguish God’s people from the Egyptians one night. This is what Brian came up with!




Here’s Jericho!